China’s Terracotta Warriors at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The Terracotta Army exhibit has arrived at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Do you know about the Terracotta Warriors from China?  This is one of the most fascinating parts of our world history… It is the legacy of the First Emperor of China, Ying Zheng.

When Ying Zheng was laid to rest in 210 BC, he was accompanied into the afterlife by an army of almost 8,000 life-size clay soldiers, horses and chariots, and they were organized into battle formation and even had a full arsenal of weapons.  Ying Zheng had ordered the construction of his own mausoleum complex shortly after he became the king of the Qin state in 246 BC.  The most amazing part of these 8,000 life-size warriors is that every single warrior is different.  Every.face.is.different.  They are completely life-like!  This mausoleum was discovered by farmers outside Zi’an in 1974, and these nearly 8,000 figures were buried still in their battle formations.

SO for the exhibit in Richmond: What makes this exhibit special is that there are more than 40 objects which have never been viewed in the United States until now and will remain on display until March 11, 2018. Objects include arms and armor, horse and chariot fittings, ritual bronze vessels, works in gold and silver, jade ornaments, precious jewelry, and ceramics.

The Qin Dynasty ultimately had a major impact on Chinese history. If you have the chance to go, you will love this small representation of the army of sculptures had all been preserved for over 2,000 years, still in their battle formation. Below are just some of the figures that can be seen in the exhibit. There’s still time to check out the rest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the site for tickets: https://www.vmfa.museum/exhibitions/exhibitions/terracotta-army-legacy-first-emperor-china/#Zdkt32fKZsZJXuj2.99

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 200 North Boulevard, Richmond

 

Stay Inspired,

The Margery Wedderburn Interiors Team

 

 

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